" and now that the cat isn't wedged in there but instead entertaining the entire household with hysterical kitten antics I have a concern about feeding him.
I'm concerned that somehow the kitten (Ottö) isn't getting enough to eat to grow into a strong "big boy". His energy level is really insanely high (I knew about kitten energy but I didn't KNOW about kitten energy since my other cat was 2 when I adopted him) and he spends most of the day (and the night, OH MY GOD THE NIGHT) chasing the older cat (Baz, 8 years old) around and then they wrassle and then they lick and nip and growl and then the groom themselves and then it starts all over again. You can see a video of it here
happening on my lap (it also happens on the pillow next to my bed - fyi, that's all normal playing right? No one seems unhappy about it) or a calmer version
This is the most exercise Baz has had in a very long time and it will be very good for him. He's 12 pounds and can definitely stand to loose a couple of those. I've been feeding him a limited-ingredient diet for a few years as otherwise he has allergic reactions. So he's eating just under a half a cup of dry Natural Balance Green Pea and Duck kibble a day. He's never had wet food.
Until now. The vet advised I feed Ottö as much wet food as he wanted. So we've got the same food just the wet version. Baz thinks it's delicious and Ottö is also a fan of it AND of the kibble (eating the kibble as well is okay, right?). The trouble is that I don't know if he's eating enough. He seems far more interested in playing than eating, though if I open a can he is there to noms, but he only eats a few bites and then it's back to playtime. The rest either sits there for hours or Baz finishes it off (Baz does not need more food but he's also never been an over-eater - he always has kibble left over and I expect with the extra energy he will be hungrier than normal). I try to put out little bits - and snag Ottö up to eat it - every couple of hours when I'm home but I'm not home all day. I'm also wasting a lot of food that sits out and gets gross.
So basically I worry that either one is eating too much or one is eating too little. I can't find anything that says something like "A 6 week old kitten will need to eat at least 3 oz of food a day" that I can use to figure out how to make sure he actually is eating enough. I've tried to segregate Ottö to eat but he eats two bites then cries because he wants to play.
Sorry for the general incoherence, I'm not getting a lot of sleep these days. Though someone else seems to be doing just fine